Are You Ready for Bangs?

Bangs and fringe have been trending this year, and their popularity isn’t ending anytime soon. If you’ve been considering face-framing fringe, there are two factors to consider: hair texture and face shape.


Talking texture

Your hair’s texture plays a key role in styling bangs, so it’s an important factor in choosing the bang shape. Also, consider the amount of time you’re comfortable spending on styling your new bangs, and whether you’re ok using thermal tools routinely.


Straight hair: Any bang style that fits your face shape will work well for straight hair. And styling bangs is generally pretty simple, too. You can use a flat or curling iron to create a styled look, or simply blow dry using a round brush to give your bangs a soft under curl.


Curly & wavy hair: Avoid heavy blunt cut bangs if you have waves or curls, and as coarse texture because it can be difficult to style. Instead, opt for a light and airy fringe, or a textured side fringe that’s suited for your facial shape. The key is to keep it soft and wispy.

Brunette hair model with bangs
Bangs play a starring role in many of today's most popular hairstyles.

Flatter your face

Your face shape makes a big difference when it comes to what type of bangs will look best on you. If you’re not sure if your face shape will look good with the bang styles you like, have some photos ready to share with your stylist. You'll then be able to work together to find a look that suits you.


Square: A facial shape is considered “square” if the forehead, cheekbone, and jaw are all equal width. Full bangs can look great with this shape, especially with tapered sides, softness in the center, or fun added texture.


Round: When a facial shape appears to be the same length as width, with the cheekbones being the widest point and the jawline having a slightly round appearance, it’s considered a “round” face. A heavier side fringe or a full wispy bang is quite complimentary for round faces.


Heart: To be considered a heart (or inverted triangle) facial shape, the face is the widest at the forehead and narrowest at the jaw, and the jaw may have a distinct point. A layered side fringe that sits near the brow bone will look fantastic with this facial shape. And a side fringe looks great on a short forehead.


Oblong: For a face to be considered oblong, it will appear longer than the width of the face, and the jawline may have a soft roundness in appearance. A blunt, heavy fringe falling at the eyebrows or below will create a beautiful balance. Full fringe with softly textured ends works well if you have a high forehead.


Oval: When the length of the face is about one and a half times the width, has natural symmetry and a softly rounded jawline, you have an oval-shaped face. Any type of fringe or bang is flattering on this face shape thanks to its balanced symmetry.

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